National basketball is about to explode. If the Brazilian team is going to meet Canada in the semi-finals of the Copa America on the court, then the political backstage of the national sport presents an even hotter confrontation.
This week afternoon, the Brazilian Basketball Confederation (CBB) announced a meeting to “analyze and discuss the termination of the commitment period and the changes signed with the LNB”. The National Basketball League (LNB) is the organization responsible for Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB).
Termination of the commitment period, which is effective indefinitely, will terminate LNB’s right to host the National Basketball Championship. The organization was created in December 2008 and unites the main Brazilian clubs.
The teams are directly responsible for the organization of the NBB and until now they have the seal of the CBB. The league also partners with the NBA, being the first in the world to have this type of relationship with an American franchise.
The conflict between the two bodies has existed for several years, with current CBB president Guy Peixoto harshly criticizing the league at various times during his tenure. The mood, however, soured when the KBB nominated the national second division champion for a place in the South American league.
LNB understands that the terms signed by the organizations guarantee NBB the position of the only Brazilian tournament that can qualify teams for international championships. The second national division is organized by the KBB.
On August 30, LNB filed a lawsuit against CBB for a vacant spot in international tournaments. In response, the CBA convened a meeting on September 14 to discuss the possibility of voiding the commitment period that guarantees LNB control of the national basketball championship.
In a statement, the CBB stated that “the aforementioned agreement was signed for an indefinite period and during a period of administrative instability for the CBB, whose management at the time was recognized as extremely harmful to the CBB and Brazilian basketball.”
CBB also understands that “today, it is in the sincere process of restructuring and rebuilding its credibility by putting together full conditions for the direction, promotion, organization and execution of all national basketball championships in the senior men’s category.”
Finally, the confederation also alleges that “LNB has repeatedly breached its obligations and responsibilities under the Commitment Term and its amendments, and has failed to fulfill its statutory duties and obligations as a CBB member.”